Although China leads the pack, fast-moving institutions are building their research reputations the world over. … The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is North America’s top rising star in the Nature Index, achieving 29.3% growth in its fractional count over the past three years, with increases in all fields. … UCI has also invested in recruitment. … The university’s strategic plan, released in 2016, set a target to recruit 250 new faculty members by 2021, welcoming 57 in 2017 alone.

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